Five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion Philip Morris will take a break from racing in 2020, following the passing of his son, Blake, one month ago.
The news was announced by R&S Race Cars, for whom Morris planned to drive for during the 2020 season as he pursued a sixth national championship to break a tie with Larry Phillips for most all-time.
"Unfortunately, today we announce that Philip Morris has decided to take a break from racing to heal and spend time with his family," the announcement reads. "We completely understand and respect his decision. We will continue to pray for Phillip, Donna, Allison, Ty, and the rest of Blake’s family and friends. We hope you do too!
"In honor of Blake Morris, he will ride with us for the season."
The team also announced temporary plans to drive Morris' entry in upcoming races at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) and Ace Speedway (NC), with future plans yet to be determined.
Ty Gibbs, the grandson of Joe Gibbs and a two-time ARCA Menards Series winner in 2019, will drive the car at Greenville-Pickens. Blake Stallings will race the car at Ace Speedway.
The R&S Race Cars team formed over the offseason after a partnership between Marcus Richmond and Steve Stallings. Morris entered the season with 294 career Late Model wins over his illustrious career. Three of those wins have come in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway (VA).
Blake Morris was also working towards building his own Late Model Stock career, competing at Dominion Raceway (VA) in 2019.
Earlier this month, Speed51 broadcast the Blake Morris 200 sim racing event at the virtual Martinsville, won by Late Model racer Brenden Queen.
Speed51 continues to offer its heartfelt condolences to the entire Morris family in light of Blake's passing.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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